Regular readers know that we always keep an eye out for updates from Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz, the duo from the Huffington Post Investigative fund that refuses to let the Obama administration’s push for health information technology proceed without scrutiny. This time, they’re following up on past work with stories on HIT-related errors and […]
Over the past decade, federal spending of $36 billion to stimulate health providers’ conversion of patient medical records from piles of paper to electronic format was supposed to make care safer and lives easier. It would illuminate epidemiological trends that could stop spread of disease or point to a preventable culprit. It might even make […]
After a five-month hiatus as Health IT topic leader for AHCJ, I’m happy to be back. My absence was bookended by two must-read articles on the promise, limitations and hidden dangers of electronic health records (EHRs).
A recently unsealed whistleblower lawsuit claims that UnitedHealthcare concealed from federal officials hundreds of complaints of enrollment fraud and other misconduct in its Medicare Advantage program. Brought by two UnitedHealthcare sales professionals in Wisconsin, this suit is worth watching because it is the third in recent months that whistleblowers have brought using knowledge they gained […]
A 2011 lawsuit unsealed last week reveals the inner workings of the nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group. In the lawsuit, lawyers for the plaintiff allege that UnitedHealth evaluated certain employees on how well they raised risk adjustment scores. The lawyers contend the practice was part of a scheme to increase payments from the federal Centers […]